Three years and a day after being suspended by the Florida Supreme Court, former Coral Gables attorney Henry “Hank” Adorno asked the court to reinstate his law license.
Adorno, former managing partner of Adorno & Yoss, was suspended for three years starting Oct. 28, 2010, for mishandling a class action settlement with the city of Miami. A fire fee collected from Miami taxpayers was ruled unconstitutional, but the settlement returned money to only seven people while reserving a large award for legal fees. The deal was ejected after the details came out.
Adorno’s law firm, at one time one of the largest minority-owned firms in the country, spectacularly collapsed as a result.
In a petition filed Tuesday by his attorney and former partner George Yoss, Adorno claims he has fulfilled all the requirements of rehabilitation, including paying costs, notifying clients of the suspension and “evidence of unimpeachable character and moral standing in the community.”
He provided affidavits of support from Miami attorney H.T. Smith; Raoul Cantero, a partner at White & Case and former Supreme Court justice; Sanford Bohrer, a partner at Holland & Knight; Fort Lauderdale attorney Robert Beatty, publisher and CEO of South Florida Times; and others.
Financial information was filed under seal about his income, restitution to former clients, financial obligations and creditors,
Adorno has been living in Atlanta since his suspension.